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Question: Who was the first African-American player to play with a major league team?


Most people believe that Jackie Robinson was the first player to appear on the roster of a major league team. While Robinson was the player who broke the major leagues’ color barrier in 1947, a few African-American players had played on major league teams during the late 1800’s before black players were banned from participation.

Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first Negro major-leaguer in 1884 as a catcher with the Toledo club in the American Association, one of the two major leagues at that time. Later that year his younger brother, Weldy Walker, also played briefly with the Toledo club.

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